Tips For Turning Down A Drink

Alcohol abuse and addiction is a serious issue in present day society, as the substance is commonly found at many social events, regardless of if it was sought after or not. Sober recovery is difficult for most addicts because they simply cannot avoid the presence of alcohol, no matter how hard they may try.  Relapse prevention and sober living programs have been known to greatly aid addicts on the path to sober recovery, but they can never be too prepared when faced with old challenges.

Many may assume that being in sober recovery requires addicts to avoid most social situations, as well as people who drink, even if it’s only on occasion. Yet, recovery should be empowering, hot hindering. Therefore, it is important that addicts prepare themselves for situations involving alcohol. Avoiding bars and drinking friends altogether is not always an option. Next time someone offers you a drink, be prepared to turn it down. Developing these refusal strategies not only boosts ones confidence in recovery, but promotes sober living in the many years to come.

Tips to Turn Down Alcohol with Confidence: 

  1. Avoid High-Risk Situations
    As stated before, sober recovery should not hider an addict from living a social lifestyle. Yet, there is a difference between a backyard barbeque and a night of clubbing. It is important to identify situations as high-risk before finding yourself involved in them. With the ability to identify and avoid risky situations, the temptation to take part is lessened.
  2. Be Assertive
    A commonly overlooked, but extremely important drink refusal technique is to speak firmly and clearly, without hesitation. When someone offers you a drink, look them in the eye and immediately say “no thank you.” Do not give anyone the idea that you are even open to the idea of drinking in the future.
  3. Change the Subject
    This is self-explanatory. Once you have turned down a drink, bring up a different topic to shift the conversation. Some people are pushy when looking for drinking partners. Do not give these people another chance to bring up the drink in question.
  4. Recruit Help from Others
    Inform a friend of your situation. If someone keeps pushing you to drink, your friend should stick up for you and your decision, suggest alternatives to drinking, or be a sober companion. If the problem persists, simply walk away.

Sober Recovery and a Future of Success

Achieving and maintaining sobriety is no easy feat, but here at White Sands Treatment Center recovery can become your reality. We understand that recovery is a lifelong process, not a single event.


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.